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Okorocha escapes assassins’ bullets, policeman killed

Owelle Rochas Okorocha, former Governor of Imo State, on Sunday, said he had survived an assassination attempt.
Okorocha disclosed that his convoy was attacked by gunmen in the Ihube community area along the Okigwe-Enugu expressway, adding that one of the policemen in the convoy was killed.

According to the former governor, who was also the Senator, representing Orlu Zone until recently, the slain cop was one of the policemen deployed from the Enugu State Government House to accompany him to Mbutu, Mbaise for the burial ceremony of the mother of another ex-governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha.

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Okorocha narrated his encounter with the assassins at Amaimo in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state, during the birthday celebration of Samuel Anyanwu (Sam Daddy) the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 11 governorship election in the state.

He said Peter Mbah, the Governor of Enugu State, had released vehicles and security men to accompany him and his team to Imo State for the burial ceremony of Ihedioha’s mother after attending the burial ceremony of the wife of a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.

He added that the convoy was attacked on their way back to Enugu after dropping him off at his Spilbat mansion in Owerri, having attended the funeral ceremony at Mbaise. The assassins apparently had thought that he was still in the convoy.

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The former governor wondered how he could be safer in Enugu, than his own state.

“I am angry. I am very angry. I am angry because I spent two days in Enugu and nothing happened to me but it is in my own state that the convoy released to me by the Governor of Enugu State (a very good man) to attend the burial ceremony of Ihedioha’s mother at Mbaise that was attacked and one policeman killed.
“What is happening in Imo State makes me angry. Many people who are running to govern Imo State are not capable but I have seen one man who the cap fits. When it is time I will speak,” Okorocha said.